If our inbox is any indication, the fall social season promises to be jam-packed with exciting events, galas and celebrations supporting the city's wide array of charitable causes. Kicking things off on August 22 is the return of the Broadway Brunch, Nashville Rep's signature fundraising event. Held at City Winery, the Sunday morning event provides guests with a seated brunch and a musical performance from a plethora of local talent. (In year's past, Eddie George and Charles Esten have been known to give surprise performances.) We chatted with co-chairs Julie Schneider and Tracy Wade about the return of this beloved event, what attendees can expect and what surprises are in store.
The Broadway Brunch is back in person at City Winery this August. What can you tell us about this year’s event?
Broadway Brunch will be the Nashville Rep’s first event of the 2021-22 season and will highlight the exciting productions the Rep has planned for theatergoers in the upcoming year. We are thrilled to be honoring Vicki Horne for all her past work with the Nashville Rep and to have Kellie Pickler serving as honorary chair. The Broadway Brunch performance will be an unforgettable celebration of the Rep’s return to live theater.
The performances at this event are always really fun. Can you give us a hint of what audiences can expect from this year’s lineup?
Nfocus Magazine has hailed the Broadway Brunch as “the best musical brunch of the year,” and this year is no exception. The audience can expect a morning filled with some of Nashville’s biggest and brightest musical talent featuring our emcee Megan Murphy Chambers, Broadway Brunch star Jennifer Whitcomb-Olivia and several fresh new faces who are all excited to perform live again in front of an audience.
Can you tell us a bit more about your honorary chair and your Ovation Award winner?
Each year, Nashville Repertory Theatre recognizes a stalwart supporter of the arts at Broadway Brunch with our Ovation Award, and this year, we are honoring Vicki Horne. Vicki served on the Nashville Rep board from 2009-2016 and was president from 2014-2016. Under her leadership, the organization became the Nashville Repertory Theatre and instituted the very event at which she will be recognized. We are immensely grateful for Vicki’s dedication to the Rep and the arts in our community.
Kellie Pickler is this year’s honorary chair. Kellie is an accomplished country music singer, songwriter, television personality and actor, starring in such Hallmark classics as Christmas at Graceland and Wedding at Graceland. As a supporter of the Nashville arts community, and a multi-talented artist herself, we are pleased to have Kellie Pickler join us as our honorary chair on August 22. And who knows, maybe Kellie will surprise the Broadway Brunch attendees with a song!
Now that events are back, people have a lot to choose from. Why do you think they should make Broadway Brunch a priority?
Broadway Brunch celebrates professional theater in Nashville. Nashville has such an incredible array of talented actors, and we look forward to showcasing this talent at the Broadway Brunch. Attendees will be fêted with food, drink, friends, fabulous auction items and an amazing show. After almost two years without live events, it is time to live life again and celebrate all that Nashville has to offer. There is no better place to kick off your social calendar than attending the Broadway Brunch!
What do you love most about the Nashville Rep?
Nashville is fortunate to have its very own professional theater company. We love that the Rep provides Nashville with Broadway-caliber performances rarely seen outside of New York. The Rep is a true Nashville treasure, and we hope new audiences discover it and check out this season’s productions. It truly will be a season to remember!